Posts categorized “Music”

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#welcometowarrendunes

It's not just a park in Michigan anymore...

It’s not just a state park in Michigan anymore…

Last Friday, Carrie & I were honored to be on a very short guest list of a very private show in Seattle: the debut of the brand-new supergroup Warren Dunes.

Warren Dunes is the smooshing together of Seattle stalwart bands Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This turns out not to be too difficult of a feat, since Electric NoNo is only a two-man band, and drummer Dom Cortese is also the drummer for JM+FFD. So, basically, you take JM+FFD and add Electric NoNo guitarist Jared Cortese to it and voila you’ve got yourself a Warren Dunes.

First things first, though. This invite-only concert was held at Earwig Studios, the locale where the likes of Julia Massey, Electric NoNo, and Gentlemen of Leisure have laid down tracks. It also just happens to have an antechamber that is decorated to look exactly like the black lodge from Twin Peaks.

Opening act was the sweet acoustic stylings of Reggie Garrett:

Funk acoustic folk

Funk acoustic folk

You should really go check out his musics. Good stuffs.

Second act was the first-ever Seattle performance of my pals the Gentlemen of Leisure!

“If you are not a gentleman, then why are you alive?”

It was great to see them live for the first time. I was able to make an animated .GIF of ’em!

Gentlemen of Animation

Gentlemen of Animation

The headliners were, of course, Warren Dunes. Here’s their first-ever animated .GIF!

Warranimated Dunes

Warranimated Dunes. Wut.

I honestly expected the Warren Dunes sound to be more of a direct result of smooshing the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo together, but it was very heavily weighted towards Julia’s sound. Jared doesn’t even provide any vocals, which was very surprising. It sounded much like the Five Finger Discount plus an electric guitar.

Which is to say it sounded frikkin’ great. Just not at all what I was expecting.

You can hear the Warren Dunes sound in this video of them performing their song “War Cry” (recorded earlier, not at this show):

I’m excited to hear more of them! I just don’t wanna hafta wait for an album to come out! I = impatient for good musics!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure go “So Far” on the Spud Goodman Show

Livin' that GOL.life life.

Livin’ that GOL.life life.

My pals in the Gentlemen of Leisure recently appeared on the Spud Goodman show and performed some songs. You can watch a very expertly-shot video of their performance of “So Far” on the YouTubes right now! Here it is:

This is kinda exciting because “So Far” is not on their most recent EP release, so it’s a brand-new one for me. Neat!

They also performed a couple other songs during the episode! You can listen to the whole thing (which also features Tom Arnold, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Eugene Simon) right here.

Yes.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Shape Shifters & Mind Readers

Freaky People, comin' to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

Freaky People, comin’ to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

I have two songs for your listening pleasure today. They’re thematically linked! First up is “Shape Shifter” by They Might Be Giants:

“Shape Shifter” is from They Might Be Giants’s most-recent full studio album from 2016, Phone Power:

Such a powerful phone.

Such a powerful phone.

“Shape Shifter” goes thematically well with another great song, “Mind Readers” by Electric NoNo:

“Mind Readers” is from Electric NoNo’s most-recent full studio album from 2014, The Zoo at Night. That’s way back when they were still calling themselves The Jesus Rehab!

There you have it. Two songs about weirdo freaks in your everyday life. Enjoy!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dark Comedy Late Show with Mike Eagle

The first episode did not go well...

The first episode did not go well…

Just over two years after this song was first released on his A Special Episode Of EP, a very slick and hilarious music video has been released for Open Mike Eagle’s “Dark Comedy Late Show.” It features cameos from comedians Kurt Braunohler and Baron Vaughn (the latter of which will be providing the voice of Crow T. Robot in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 series coming soon to Netflix). The video is about the inaugural episode of the fictional Dark Comedy Late Show with Mike Eagle that goes horribly awry because Mike just will not stop rapping. Take a look:

Baron Vaughn gets some very funny moments as the camera cuts to his face displaying a gamut of emotions from horrified to embarrassed.

Yeah, we've all been there, Baron.

Yeah, we’ve all been there, Baron.

There is also a nice cameo by Mike Eagle’s compatriot Busdriver as a member of the Late Show band (which of course also gets interrupted by Mike’s incessant rapping). He plays some sort of little keyboard/sampler thing!

Get on the bus!

Get on the bus!

I’m not sure who the two women in the band are, but the woman playing guitar does look familiar. The video’s IMDB page doesn’t have a credit for a singer/guitarist, though weirdly it does have one for a Kimberlee Redman as keybordist (and a guy named Victor Holmes as a musician???). Anybody help me out with them?

Anyhoo, this super-professional video was released on the JASH YouTube channel. JASH is (in their own words)

Founded and featuring original content by partners Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts, JASH is the first fully realized network to offer all its comedic partners complete creative autonomy. At Jash we always strive to offer a variety of content with a unique voice: boundaries will be pushed, and disorientation is sure to ensue.

So, yeah, there’s some comedic luminaries putting out this video.

P.S. I swear that this website is not going to become a news site just about Open Mike Eagle. He’s just been doing a lot of really interesting stuff recently!

That's some dark comedy.

That’s some dark comedy.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Well, This Exists: The Cybertronic Spree

From left to right: Rumble, Arcee, Unicron, Soundwave, Hot Rod, Spike, abd a Quintesson.

From left to right: Rumble, Arcee, Unicron, Soundwave, Hot Rod, Spike, abd a Quintesson.

Even though this band has apparently been around for three years, I only just heard about them this last weekend. The Cybertronic Spree is a group that dresses up in astonishingly-accurate Transformers costumes and plays the songs from the Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack. Take a look:

Their self-stated premise is:

HOTROD, ARCEE, RUMBLE, UNICRON, SPIKE, SOUNDWAVE, BUMBLEBEE, AND A QUINTESSON HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE POWER OF ROCK. TOGETHER, THEY ARE THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE.

Not only are the costumes astonishingly accurate, but they’re built in such a way that the band members are still able to effectively play all their instruments! It’s a pretty remarkable achievement. Except for the guy dressed up as Spike, that’s an easy costume.

They also pepper their act with non-Transformers songs, and they have a couple of excellent choices, like this super-obscure theme song to the 80s Droids cartoon, which was about the adventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 before Episode IV.

Oddly enough, I can’t find any record of them playing Weird Al’s “Dare to be Stupid” song, which was on the Trasnformers: The Movie Soundtrack. I’m not sure why, maybe there’s a different rights issue involved?

Anyway. So there you have it. That exists.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Please Know” by Gentlemen (and Lady) of Leisure

Lady & Gentlemen…

Lady & Gentlemen…

The first release by Gentlemen of Leisure (or GoL.Life as they often call themselves—and which is coincidentally their website address) is a delightfully eclectic fare. There’s electronic hip-hop, there’s a latin-tinged soulful ballad, there’s a surf-rock zombie song. And then there’s today’s song, which is a decidedly different affair altogether. Vocals and cello by my very good friend Jen Hasson (the “gorgeous redhead cellist” I mentioned in my post about the album release), and the guitar work is by another very good friend, “Neighbor” Gary Lappier (of Terrapin Productions and NMVGPTS). It’s just lovely. Take a listen:

In case you wanna see GoL.Life in action, a small snippet of their SXSW set was recorded (by Electric NoNo, no less) and instagrammed here:

@butcher504 and The Gentlemen of Leisure! #seattlexsouthwest #sxsw2017

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Now go get this EP (if you haven’t already)!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The James Bond Dance Dream, Co-Starring Charlize Theron

Theron… Charlize Theron.

Theron… Charlize Theron.

You know those dreams where you’re supposed to do something really important, but you didn’t know about it or prepare for it? The most common instance being you’re supposed to take a test or give a presentation in school but you’re completely unprepared for it. Y’know?

That was the kind of dream I had a few nights ago. There was some big Hollywood awards show—not the Oscars or anything, but big enough to have in a huge theater like that. There was going to be an interstitial between awards that featured a “James Bond-Themed” dance set to Duran Duran’s Bond Theme, “A View to a Kill.” In case you’re unfamiliar with that song, here it is:

The dance was to be performed by Charlize Theron wearing a black gown. My job was to operate the spotlight. At the last minute, the producer and director of the show called me over to the side of the state and told me that they’d decided I should get in a tux and go up on stage and join Charlize as James Bond. Charlize’s part of the dance had been completely choreographed, but the producer of this awards show literally told me to “wing it!” Hilariously, since they hadn’t planned on throwing me up there until the last minute, I was not given a prop gun, just a laser pointer that I was supposed to pretend was a Walther PPK.

The dance started out excellently. I was manning the spotlight. The stage went dark, and I turned on the spotlight. As the opening strain of the James Bond theme started playing, Charlize walked out into the spotlight, spun and fired a prop pistol directly at the spotlight, which flared bright and then went dark, mimicking the “gun sight” openings of the James Bond movies.

As “A View to a Kill” started playing, I had to rush down from the spotlight perch and head up the main aisle in my tux and climb up on stage.

Y’know how dreams like this are usually panic-inducing? Well, image instead that you embraced the whole “winging it” philosophy and had an absolute blast. Instead of trying to dance, I acted like the silhouette of Roger Moore in his James Bond opening numbers, striding around and posing and pointing my laser-pointer “gun.” Then I realized I could actually tell a story with this whole thing.

There was one part where Charlize was choreographed to head way off to one side of the stage, then quickly dance across to the other side. When she moved off to the side I was in focus on centerstage. I quickly spun around like I just noticed someone behind me, then slam, sprawled on my back as if I had been shot dead. Charlize started her dance across the stage to the other side, and right at the moment where she crossed behind me, I spasmed as if I had been hit with a defibrillator. When she reached the other edge of the stage I sat up, groggy, and instead of going back into Roger Moore posing, I started acting dazed, stuttering around Charlize as she danced, studying her every move.

Charlize, like a trooper, started playing to me instead of to the audience at this point, and the dance became a story about a man who was killed and then brought back to life as James Bond by Charlize’s femme fatale. By the end of it I was acting in full-on confident James Bond mode again.

It was hecka fun and funny. The audience of celebrities seemed to enjoy it as well.

Categories: Dreams, Music.